This footage captured in the Yemeni city of Aden in 2017 shows a suicide bomber of Al-Qaeda on the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) approaching a security checkpoint. As he is meters away from detonation, undercover coalition troops who are monitoring him move fast and neutralize the terrorist with two gunshots to the head. Warning: graphic footage.
The incident took place in the Gold Mohur area of Aden in Yemen. The Saudi-led coalition forces were acting on intelligence and anticipated an attack on the security checkpoint in the video. One undercover soldier posed as a street cleaner in order to ID the suspect up close. As he did, he saw that the attacker was wearing a suicide vest so he used his own discretion and neutralized him instead of going in for an arrest.
The suicide bomber was armed with an RDX-based explosive. EOD was subsequently called on-scene to disable the suicide vest. The actions of the undercover team saved countless lives that day. The quick thinking of the operative dressed as a street sweeper was selfless to say the least, if the attacker was armed with a dead man’s switch it naturally would have been game over for him.
The War in Yemen
The Yemeni Civil War erupted back in 2015 and is largely fought between two factions: the Yemeni government led by the Abdrabbuh Mansur Hadi and the Houthi armed movement, alongside their supporters and allies. Both sides claim to constitute the official Yemeni government.
The war has significantly destabilized Yemen and introduced various terror groups to the region in the form of Al-Qaeda and ISIS who have carried out a series of attacks since the war began. Al-Qaeda in particular controls significant territory across Yemen especially along with the coastal areas.
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Saudi Arabia is heavily involved in the conflict and actively opposes the Houthi movement. They have controversially launched devastating air strikes upon Yemen throughout the conflict. The campaign is backed by the United States who has been providing the Saudi military with intelligence and logistical support. The United States and the United Kingdom have also both been active in supplying Saudi Arabia with the weapons used in the devastating airstrikes. Various analysts view the war in Yemen as an extension of the proxy war between Iran and Saudi Arabia. It’s accepted that the war is largely a means for Saudi Arabia to combat Iranian influence in the region.
The Saudi Arabian bombing campaign on Yemen has resulted in widespread civilian casualties and has subsequently been slammed by various governments around the world. The Yemen Data Project estimates that, as of March 2019, almost 18,000 civilians had been killed or injured in Saudi Arabian airstrikes. Overall, the war in Yemen is believed to have killed over 100,000 people. Alarmingly, Yemen is also currently in the grip of starvation that threatens to become the worst global famine seen in the last 100 years and poses a threat to 13 million civilians.
We have published a range of combat footage from the War in Yemen, all of which you can on our site here.